'We Can Cut Crime' in Wales

January 22, 2007 4:07 PM

Today, the Liberal Democrats launched their campaign 'We Can Cut Crime'. At a keynote speech today, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Menzies Campbell MP, highlighted Labour's abysmal record on crime where only one in every hundred crimes committed leads to a court conviction and outlined the five step liberal plan to cut crime.

He said:

"The government pursues cheap headlines with more vigour than it pursues criminals.

"But no criminal has ever been stopped by a headline.

"We propose five steps to a safer Britain.

"First, we will put more police officers on the beat.

"Second, we will take back our town centres.

"Third, we will have honesty in sentencing; life will mean life and nobody will be released earlier than the minimum term that they are given.

"Fourth, we will make prison work; we will treble the number of prisoners working, and make education and training compulsory.

"Fifth, we will establish a Victim Compensation Fund. Prisoners will literally pay for their crimes, whilst gaining the skills and experiences needed to deter them from further offences."

Commenting on the situation in Wales, Jenny Willott MP said:

"It is a disgrace that Labour has pulled back on a promise that would make a real difference to how safe people feel in their communities.

"Labour is not funding the Community Support Officers they promised leaving it to cash strapped councils in Wales to make up the shortfall. As a result, Wales is some 400 Community Support Officers short of Government targets.

"Community Support Officers are essential to preventing crime, and cutting back their numbers makes a mockery of the government's claim to be tough on crime.

"Nationally, violent crime has doubled under this government with 222,000 adults in Wales falling victim to violent crime last year. Gwent alone has one of the highest proportions of adult victims of violent crime in the UK with South Wales close behind.

"Reoffending rates are at a record high and only one in a hundred crimes gets punished in court. It's time for effective action on crime, and proper payback for the hundreds of thousands of victims Labour has neglected."

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